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‘Sellers,’ ‘Deadwood’ Drive HBO Double Dip

Sep 19, 2005  •  Post A Comment

HBO’s biopic “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers” and the pay cable network’s neo-Western drama “Deadwood” led the 57th annual Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which were handed out Sept. 11.

“Sellers” took six trophies and “Deadwood” won five, contributing to HBO’s 20 overall wins-the most of any network.

ABC was runner-up with 10 awards. PBS came in third with nine awards, followed by NBC with eight.

“Desperate Housewives” and “Will & Grace” went into the Creative Arts ceremony with the most nominations among programs, 15 nods apiece. But “Deadwood” took the lead in trophies, followed by “Lost” and “Desperate Housewives,” which took home four awards each.

“I’d like to dig up my dead ex-husband and say, ‘Look, you son of a gun, I didn’t need to get a real job!'” said Kathryn Joosten, who won for outstanding guest actress in a comedy series for her role on “Housewives.” “I never wanted to get to my deathbed and say, ‘I never tried.’ And it just kept on getting better and better.”

Winners were about evenly split between broadcast and cable networks, with broadcasters taking 37 awards and cable taking 35. Among cable networks, Cartoon Network made a particularly strong showing, coming in fifth, between NBC and CBS, for total awards among all networks thanks to multiple awards for its “Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends” and “Star Wars: Clone Wars.”

For the celebrity-driven guest appearance categories, Ray Liotta won an Emmy for his appearance on “ER” and Amanda Plummer for her role on “Law & Order: SVU.” Neither performer, however, was on hand to accept their awards. Angela Lansbury, nominated for guest actress in a drama, lost for the 18th time.

After being nominated five times, Comedy Central’s “South Park” finally won an award for best animated program. “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” was named best reality show.

The festivities turned somber when Sophy Miller accepted two awards on behalf of her husband, James, who was killed while directing HBO’s documentary “Death in Gaza.”

“James understood the power of his images … his images stand alone, they told a story and he was very keen to make it beautiful,” said Ms. Miller, who noted the Israeli soldier who shot her husband was set free. “But his real power was the connection he had with everybody. … They saw his integrity and his humanity.”

The academy gave its Governors Award to Jerry Lewis for his annual Labor Day telethon, which raises money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

“This is a highlight award in my life,” Mr. Lewis said backstage. “I am probably the most selfish man you will ever meet in your life. No one gets the satisfaction or the joy that I get out of seeing kids realize there is hope.”

The awards were hosted by comedian George Lopez at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. E! planned to televise a two-hour version of the ceremonies Sept. 17.